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Phantom limb—the sensation that an amputated or missing limb is still attached to the body. The doctor touches the patient’s body in different parts with a cotton swab, eliciting normal responses; then he touches the patient’s face and elicits sensations in the patient’s phantom hand, finding an entire map of the absent hand on the patient’s face. Why? Because in the strip of cortex called the postcentral gyrus the areas that deal with nerve inputs from the hand and face happen to be adjacent, so that in the case of amputation some sort of neighborly cross-activation occurs—the facial inputs spill over to the area that maps the phantom hand.
A circumstance of anatomy therefore gets reflected in a psychological association. Ramachandran devises a method to enable patients to move phantom arms which may be paralyzed in painful positions by using a mirror that simulates seeing the absent arm by reflecting the remaining arm: the brain is fooled into believing that the arm is still there and lets the patient regain control of its position. There are even cases in which the mirror device enables a patient to amputate a phantom arm, so that he no longer suffers the illusion of possessing it.
-Colin McGinn re: 'The Tell-Tale Brain' by V.S. Ramachandran

Made of hammered, curved, oxidized, sanded and waxed tea tin section. 5.9 inches but adjusts to your size wrist, up to 8 inches. 2.5 inches wide.

Phantom Limb. Tea Tin Cuff Bracelet.


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